TROY, N.Y. – September 28, 2010 Green clothing designer ‘E ko logic will showcase their recycled clothing line at multiple fashion events throughout the fall season. Events in which ‘Eko logic will participate include Crafts On Columbus Avenue- New York City: Oct. 16-17, Green Festival- Washington D.C.: Oct. 23-24, and American Craft Show- New York City: Nov. 19-21. They will be wrapping up their season with “Jingle”, the designer holiday pop-up store in Chelsea Market, New York City: Dec. 9-23.
‘E ko logic was founded by designer/fiber artist, Kathleen Tesnakis in 1996. The eco-friendly apparel is designed for and worn by people of all walks of life. ‘E ko logic recycles post-consumer cashmere clothing into artfully reassembled one-of-a-kind cashmere accessories and sweaters for men and women. Designs also include fashion forward cashmere dresses and skirts in addition to a full line of recycled cotton.
Since its founding, ‘e ko logic has transformed seven tons of post-consumer materials to create more than 30,000 individually designed pieces. Every item made by ‘e ko logic is unique because of the intentional way Tesnakis gathers and assembles the required materials. After hunting down discarded cashmere sweaters and other treasures, she dismantles each article of clothing while taking the time to recognize its individual character. Finally, she transforms the material by joining it with other pieces to give an old garment a new life and purpose.
“There is a little magic and a lot of love in each piece we construct,” Tesnakis said. “We can’t request our palette. We use what is available in the waste stream. Instead of making designs from virgin materials we choose to recycle post-consumer garments which allow us to save 97 percent of the energy and chemicals generally required to manufacture from virgin materials” she adds.
‘E ko logic clothing is sold online and is available at stores on three continents, from New York to Japan. In 2002, ‘e ko logic relocated from Portland, Ore. to upstate New York. The family-run company now operates out of a century-old brick building that was originally used to recycle left-over textile scraps from the Troy shirt collar and cuff industry. ”Living a sustainable lifestyle is something you grow into,” Tesnakis said. “As a designer, I think of my clothing as green textile art. But as a green activist, I hope my clothing also gets people thinking about sustainability, recycling, where their clothing comes from and how it was made.”
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